Safety First... In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.


Safety First...

In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.

Tie that cuts

  • Problem : When using wire ties and cutting off the excess, there is often a sharp edge left to cause cuts. What can be done to avoid this?

  • Solution : Instead of cutting the excess off, twist it of. Using side cutters, grab the excess tie close to the clasp, perpendicular to the tie, and rotate the cutter along its axis. This twists off the excess portion without leaving a sharp edge.

    • Contributor : Lloyd Abdelnour, Roanoke Electric Steel, Roanoke, VA

      Hot bend PVC
      • Problem : You have to bend a short, 10-in. long, 1/2 in. diameter, piece of PVC conduit into an offset configuration. The tube bender is missing. How can the conduit be bent to fit?

      • Solution : Put couplings on each end of the conduit, to keep it from flaring from the heat, and place the assembly in a toaster oven for 2 minutes at 400 F. Remove the conduit and couplings and shape the conduit to fit. Cool the conduit with wet rags to hold its shape.

        • Contributor : Andy Camporini, Electrical Engineer, Howmet Dover Casting, Dover, NJ

          Clay dam
          • Problem : When using coolant on a band saw while cutting steel, the coolant spills over and runs on the floor. How can this mess be eliminated?

          • Solution : Use children's modeling clay to make a temporary dam. When the cut is finished, pour the coolant out of the steel piece and remove the clay.

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